Can root canal treatment be painful?

Not Usually. Root canal treatment has a bad rep that it usually does not deserve. The pain is caused by an infection in the nerve space of the tooth. Root canal solves this problem and eliminates the pain. However, if you wait to long and have a large infection under the tooth it may be difficult to make the tooth adequately numb. Root canal done in a timely manner are not painful.
Yes, But Not Usually. At times, root canal therapy can be painful; i promise that is the exception and not the normal! if that is the case, your dentist should be able to tell you well in advance. Root canals are intricate procedures that require many special instruments, if your dentist does not have the required training, see an endodontist. I'm a general dentist, but have done lots of endo training and love it!
Possibly. If you have a long-standing uncontrolled infection it may be difficult to achieve anesthesia. Root canal specialists, endodontists, have 5, 000+ hours additional training beyond dental school in resolving just these issues.
Rarely. The only time you will feel pain is if you have a severe inflammation, called acute pulpitis in a lower posterior tooth. Even then there are anesthetic techniques where this i.

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I am going for a root canal treatment: how painful will it be?

It isn't. You should be completely numb with local anesthesia for the entire procedure. Read more...
Usually not painful. Usually painless. Good local anesthesia is essential for success in delivering a comfortable root canal experience. Post root canal treatment discomfort is usually mild and managed quite routinely w nsaids or rx moderate narcotic. Read more...

I didn't have the advised root canal treatment and now experiencing a painful wobbly tooth. Is it too late to get it done?

Possibly. The internet still cannot replace an exam and radiograph to make a diagnosis. See your dentist for an evaluation to see if you can still restore that tooth. If it is wobbly, then you have bone loss which has compromised its support. Read more...
Maybe. You might have split the tooth. If that is the case, then it cannot be restored and will need to be extracted. If the infection has worsened, this may have caused increased pain and looseness of the tooth. Should this be the case, then it may not be too late. See the specialist -- the endodontist. Good luck. Go today ! Read more...

I had root canal treatment on my front tooth last april 7, 2015. and now nearly one month and sensitive to cold. The sensitivity goes on the root of tooth and can not use to bite food because its painful. Is it normal? Thanks

See your dentist. It is not normal to have thermal sensitivity on a tooth that has been treated with root canal therapy. There may be something else amiss. Read more...
Visit an Endodontist. Endodontists are dentists who have at least 2-3 years of advanced training in root canals. They are experts at diagnosing tooth pain and use advanced special equipment to treat patients efficiently and comfortably. Read more...

What happens if we don't do root canal treatment in the age of 6, ?

A few thoughts.... Failure to treat your child properly can result in an infection, loss of the tooth, damage to his/her permanent tooth, and a preventable malocclusion. A six year old is not expected to take care of themselves, but his/her guardians/parents are required to. If the child needs therapy, so be it. Avoidance can only result in being accused of child neglect. Read more...
See a pedodontist. Pedodontist is the pediatrician of dentistry. He/she has two to three years specialty training following dental school and limits his/her practice to treating children only. The "baby,” teeth is important for the child development, oral and general health. Get the best care possible. Read more...
If. Failure to treat an infected baby tooth can cause damage to adjacent teeth and underlying permanent tooth, bone, and gums. Tho other choice may be extraction AND space maintainer. Failure to do root canal treatment or extraction/space maintainer will do permanent harm to your child. IF you had a virulent infection anywhere in your body would you let it go untreated? I doubt it. Read more...

What is root canal treatment?

Necrotic tissue out. When the nerve of the tooth gets infected, the dead nerve and blood vessel are removed from the canal in the root of the tooth (like taking a bad electrical wire out of a conduit). Then after the bacteria has been cleaned out, a special type of filling material is packed in this open canal to seal it from having bacteria seep in from the end of the root in the bone. Read more...
Root canal. Root canal treatment is the complete removal of the nerve or pulp as it is called for the roots of the tooth. It is usually done when the pulp is infected . It involves opening the canals in a tooth which carry the pulp tissue. The canals are cleaned using small needle like instruments called files and then the canals are filled with an inert filling material. The tooth is anaesthetized prior. Read more...
Infection control. Teeth exist in an environment teeming with bacteria. These germs digest the sugars in our diet and excrete an acidic metabolic waste product that demineralizes the tooth. The process can progress to the point where the bacteria expose an organ in the tooth called the pulp. This results in an infection. The treatment of this infection is called root canal therapy and preserves the tooth. Read more...
Root Canal Treatment. Root canal treatment is done when the nerve of the tooth is either irreversible damaged or dead. The treatment involved drilling the tooth kind of like a filling, removing the nerve/s of the tooth, and filling the previous nerve canal space with an intert rubber like compound called gutta percha. Most root canal treated teeth require a crown afterwards. Read more...

What's the proper root canal treatment?

Complete cleaning. By proper, i take it to refer to the actual treatment. Complete cleaning of each canal is a must along with ultrasonic disinfection. Sealing is critical to within a millimeter of the end of the canal with materials that act as sealers into accessory canals. Root canal treatment has become a very predictable way to save teeth. Read more...
Three main steps. Root canal therapy first involves accessing the nerve of the tooth. Next, the dentist determines the length of each canal in the tooth either with x-rays or by an electrical apex finder, then he instruments or cleans each canal to a specified size and disinfects with various solutions. Finally, the canals are filled or obturated with a material and the tooth is sealed. Read more...
See your Dentist. Proper root canal treatment involves the diagnosis and eradication of an infection located in and possibly around the root. This process should be carried out painlessly. Upon completion of the treatment a well placed restoration should be placed to return the tooth to normal function and help avoid a new infection. The success rate is usually around 90-95%. Read more...
Detailed. A good root canal involves removing all the diseased pulpal tissue, cleaning and shaping the canals, and sealing the canals with a dense thorough filling material! this principal is sometimes easier said than done. Root canals are like fingerprints. No two are exactly alike. Knowledge of anatomy and attention to detail are critical to a successful result. Read more...
Explained. Root canal treatment usually needed when the tooth nerve(pulp) gets infected from decay or fracture , and to be done properly all nerve tissues must be removed and canals reshaped and cleaned and filled and sealed with filling material, then to protect your investment you have to have a post placed inside the tooth for internal support followed by a crown as rct treated teeth are more fragile . Read more...

Could root canal treatment always work?

No. Root canal treatments, just like everything else have a failure rate. Nothing is a 100% guarantee. Even the best dentists have failures due to conditions out of their control. Root canals however can work great and are usually a good option to save a tooth. Ask you dentist about it and ask what, if any, options there are. Read more...
Nothing is 100% However the best success rates are root canals performed by a microscopically trained endodontist that has much experience! Read more...

What does "widening" mean in root canal treatment?

Opens canal. The dentist widens the canal and cleans it, the widening allows a better fit for the root canal filling material. Read more...
Shaping or Flaring. Flaring and shaping the canals allows the methodical cleaning of infected root canal spaces. It allows for safe, efficient removal of tissue in the lower 1/3 of the root where it is hardest to reach to disinfect. Read more...